On This Day in Film & TV for October 20

Events in Film & TV


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1911 Helen Hayes Theater (Folies Bergere) opens at 210W 46th St, NYC

Actress Helen Hayes
Actress
Helen Hayes
  • 1930 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, premieres on NBC radio
  • 1932 Journalist Robert Trout joins CBS
  • 1947 HUAC opens hearings into alleged Communist influence in Hollywood
  • 1953 WRAU (now WHOI) TV channel 19 in Peoria, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 "No Time for Sergeants" opens on Broadway, starring Andy Griffith

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1955 Publication of "The Return of the King", the 3rd and final volume of "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1959 WABG TV channel 6 in Greenwood-Greenville, MS (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1963 WITV TV channel 7 in Charleston, South Carolina (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 KMXN (now KJTV) TV channel 34 in Lubbock, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 A purported bigfoot is filmed at Bluff Creek by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin in Northern Califonia
  • 1969 WKYH (now WYMT) TV channel 57 in Hazard, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting

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1973 Mariette Hartley appears on Bob Newhart in "Have You Met Miss Dietz"

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart

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1979 Bob Dylan appears on "Saturday Night Live"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

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1998 Comedian Richard Pryor is awarded the 1st ever Mark Twain Prize for American Humour

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1854 Alphonse Allais, French author/humorist (Pass the Bile)
  • 1871 Frederick Burton, American actor (The Big Trail, One Way Passage), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1957)

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1882 Bela Lugosi [Blaskó], Austrian actor (Dracula, Plan 9 From Outer Space), born in Lugos, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1956)

  • 1884 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1889 Margaret Dumont, American actress and Marx Brothers' comic foil (Day at the Races), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1965)
  • 1893 Charley Chase, American comedian, actor and director (d. 1940)
  • 1894 Olive Thomas, American actress (The Flapper), born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania (d. 1920)
  • 1895 Rex Ingram, American actor (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tarzan of the Apes, The ten Commandments), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1969)
  • 1902 Addison Richards, American actor (Pentagon, Fighting Seabees), born in Zanesville, Ohio (d. 1964)
  • 1903 John Lodge, American actor (Witchmaker) and politician (79th Governor of Connecticut), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)
  • 1904 Anna Neagle, English actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Arlene Francis, American television personality (d. 2001)
  • 1911 Will Rogers Jr, American politician and actor (Down to Earth), born in New York (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Barney Phillips, actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1914 Fayard Nicholas, American actor (Big Broadcast of 1936)
  • 1918 Anton Diffring, Koblenz Germany, actor (Assignment Vienna)
  • 1922 John Anderson, Clayton Ill, actor (Virgil-Legend of Wyatt Earp)
  • 1923 Herschel Bernardi, actor (Arnie, Voice of Charlie the Tuna, Front)
  • 1925 Roger Hanin, French actor
  • 1932 William Christopher, Evanstown Ill, actor (Father Mulcahy-M*A*S*H)
  • 1934 Michael Dunn, Shattuck OK, actor (House of the Damned, Ship of Fools)
  • 1934 Timothy West, Yorkshire England, actor (Masada)
  • 1935 Jerry Orbach, actor (Law & Order, Dirty Dancing), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1942 Earl Hindman, Bisbee AZ, actor (Wilson-Home Improvement)
  • 1952 Melanie Mayron, actress (30 Something, Car Wash, Missing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Bill Nunn, American actor (Do the Right Thing), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1955 Robert ten Brink, Dutch TV host/cabaret artist
  • 1956 Danny Boyle, English film director
  • 1957 Susanna Haavisto, Finnish actress and singer
  • 1958 Eric Scott, actor (Ben-Waltons), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1958 Valerie Faris, American film director
  • 1958 Viggo Mortensen, American Actor (Lord of the Rings, The Road), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Razor Ramon, [Scott Hall], wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA/Florida/AWA/KC)
  • 1961 Michie Tomizawa, Japanese voice actress
  • 1965 William Zabka, American actor
  • 1967 Susan Tulley, British actress (Michelle-EastEnders)
  • 1967 Luigi Lo Cascio, Italian actor
  • 1967 Luck Mervil, Québécois actor and singer
  • 1967 Marco Ngai, Hong Kong actor
  • 1970 Chavo Guerrero, Jr., American professional wrestler
  • 1978 Michael Johns, American Idol (season 7) finalist
  • 1979 John Krasinski, American actor
  • 1983 Takayuki Yamada, Japanese actor
  • 1985 Jennifer Nicole Freeman, American actress
  • 1986 Priyanka Sharma, Indian actress
  • 1994 Morgan Featherstone, Australian model

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1973 Canadian actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Marcy Lafferty

  • 1991 Actress Lisa Hartman weds country singer Clint Black

HeartWedding of Interest

2001 Actor Johnathon Schaech (32) weds actress Christina Applegate (29) at the three-acre Cree Estate in Palm Springs, California

  • 2012 "Clueless" actress Elisa Donovan (41) weds Charlie Bigelow (36) on a outdoor ceremony on the Vineyard Lawn at The Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1942 May Robson, actress (Star is Born, Reckless), dies at 84
  • 1952 Basil Radford, British actor (The Lady Vanishes, Whiskey Galore, Night Train), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • 1959 Werner Krauss, German actor (Joyless Street), dies at 75 (b. 1884)
  • 1970 Patrick Wymark, actor (Skull, Tomb of Ligeia), dies at 44
  • 1989 Anthony Quayle, actor (Moses, Operation Crossbow), dies at 76
  • 1990 Joel McCrea, actor (Ramrod), dies of pulmonary complications at 84
  • 1993 Maurice Dolbier, US actor/writer (Nowhere near Everest), dies at 81

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1994 Burt Lancaster, actor (Elmer Gantry), dies of heart attack at 80

  • 1994 Eberhard Feik, German actor (Tatort), dies at 50
  • 1994 Sergei F Bondartsjoek, actor and director (Waterloo), dies at 74
  • 1995 Christopher Stone, actor (Dave-Dallas, Interns), dies at 53
  • 1995 Jack Rose, screenwriter, dies at 83
  • 2002 Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Bernard Fresson, French actor (b. 1931)
  • 2003 Jack Elam, American actor (The Dakotas, East Street, Rio Lobo), dies at 82
  • 2003 Miodrag Petrović, Serbian actor (b. 1924)

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2006 Jane Wyatt, American actress (Father Knows Best), dies at 96

Actress Jane Wyatt
Actress
Jane Wyatt
  • 2014 Lili Carati, Miss Italy 1975 and actress (Alcove), dies at 58